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Giggs pleased with Ferdinand form

Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs says he is more than happy to see Rio Ferdinand omitted from England squads because it helps the club.

Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs says he is more than happy to see Rio Ferdinand omitted from England squads because it helps the club.

The 34-year-old centre-back has been impressive this season and produced another fine display on Wednesday as the Red Devils drew 1-1 with Real Madrid in the Champions League.

Ferdinand has not played for his country since June 2011, and manager Roy Hodgson has admitted to becoming irritated over questions about an England return for the defender, but Giggs feels it is helping United.

“Yes, it is, he’s been playing like that all season,” Giggs told the Daily Mirror.

“His experience, leadership skills and organisation were needed with two young players around him, in Jonny Evans and Rafael.

“Rio’s just a top player. He has proved that again and again, and he’s proved that again on Wednesday.”

Ferdinand played a major part in United’s draw with Real Madrid at the Bernabeu on Wednesday night and Giggs is grateful to have him in such good form.

“We’re just happy that he’s playing so well for United. The rest of the stuff we’re not too bothered about, as long as he keeps putting in performances like that,” he said.

Ferdinand has struggled with injury in recent seasons, and Giggs has praised the way the defender has changed the way he plays to accommodate his ageing body.

“Rio’s an intelligent person and an intelligent player,” Giggs said.

“I was similar in that I had to change my game because of the hamstring problems I was getting.

“You do have to change your game as you get older and he’s done that really well.

“To still be playing at 34 at that standard is testimony to the way he’s looked after himself and the ability he’s got.”

Fri 15 February, 2013
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